ADI Leak Detection is primarily utilized to identify where a leak has occurred within underground systems that contain both gases and liquids. Various methods of leak detection are used including hydrostatic testing, laser, and electromagnetic detection after pipeline installation and leak detection throughout normal service. This type of leak detection occurs more frequently in gas and oil pipelines in the United States. An effective leak detection system will also locate leaking pipelines in underground disposal sites. This is a necessity when disposing of any waste material.
Preventing Water Waste by Detecting Oil and Gas Leaks
In the past, acoustic leak detection was quite effective and reliable. However, with the advent of new technologies it has been rendered less effective and unreliable. Acoustic noise can be much more subtle than we often perceive it to be and it relies on the thickness of the ground where the leak is located. Another method used is the use of infra-red noise. This is emitted from buried pipelines when pressure changes occur. These two acoustic noise methods are relatively simple to implement in the presence of underground gas or oil pipelines.
Another area of concern involves unusually high water usage, especially when there have been substantial changes in the ground conditions that were conducive to causing water leaks. Increased water usage can often result in reduced ground friction, increased permeability of soil, and increased surface tension of clay and dirt. Water leaks are one of the most costly and damaging of all pipeline complications, so it is essential to detect and fix them as soon as possible.